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Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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Jun 11, 2024

Stories of Valor and Sacrifice: Navy Medical Heroes at Midway

historic photo of military personnel on the USS Yorktown 1942

The Battle of Midway stands as a pivotal moment in World War II, a turning point that decisively shifted the balance of power in the Pacific. For the Navy, June 4, 1942, remains a sacred date, one that not only celebrates a historic victory but also encourages us to look back on the tremendous courage and sacrifice of all who served. This includes the ...

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May 27, 2024

Revolutionizing Mental Health Support: The Game Changing Role of the U.S. Navy Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team

Navy Medicine graphic

Seven sailors died, and 48 others were injured when the guided a missile frigate and the aircraft carrier collided while performing nighttime exercises on Nov. 22, 1975. For years, the traumatic experience of that collision scarred many sailors who escaped physical injury but carried the invisible weight of the tragedy. The psychiatrists involved in ...

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May 6, 2024

U.S. Navy Medicine Announces Sailor of the Year

Military personnel with award

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Peter Munoz from Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Twentynine Palms, California, was announced as Navy Medicine's 2023 Sailor of the Year, on April 24, 2024.

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Feb 29, 2024

Madigan Army Medical Soldier Wins U.S. Army Medical Command Career Counselor of the Year—Two Years in a Row

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Angie Carper, Madigan Army Medical Center, representing Medical Readiness Command, Pacific, won the 2024 Medical Command Career Counselor of the Year.  (Photo: Joseph Kumzak/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Angie Carper, Madigan Army Medical Center, representing Medical Readiness Command, Pacific, won the 2024 Medical Command Career Counselor of the Year. The award was announced in a ceremony Feb. 15, 2024, at MEDCOM headquarters on Fort Sam Houston. This is the second time Carper has received this award.

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Feb 28, 2024

The Bethesda Chronicles, Part 1: Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Medical Center

On Jan. 8, 2024, government and military officials attended a dedication ceremony to celebrate the “Bethesda” name as the new class of expeditionary medical ship. (Graphic by André B. Sobocinski)

On Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Darin Via, the Navy surgeon general, Governor of Maryland Wes Moore, Dawn Moore, the first lady of Maryland, and U.S. Navy Capt. Melissa Austin, commanding officer of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, took part in a dedication ceremony to celebrate the ...

Last Updated: March 06, 2024
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